Florida State (13-9) at Wake Forest (10-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 12 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) -- Tallahassee, Florida. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: FSU 6-6, WF 8-3. Away Record: FSU 4-3, WF 1-7. Neutral Record: FSU 3-0, WF 1-2. Conference Record: FSU 5-4, WF 3-7. Series Record: WF leads, 23-20.
GAME NOTES: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are set to host the Florida State Seminoles in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash at the Tucker Center.
Florida State has split its last six games, although the team is hoping to build on the momentum from Tuesday's 56-54 win at Georgia Tech on Michael Snaer's buzzer-beater. The last three wins for the Seminoles have come by a total margin of only seven points, while their last three losses have been by an average margin of 21 points.
Meanwhile, Wake Forest is in a tailspin with losses in six of its last seven contests. Most recently, the Demon Deacons were on the wrong end of an 87-62 final at North Carolina this past Tuesday. Beginning today, three of their next four games will be played in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest holds a slim 23-20 edge in the all-time series between these two teams. They'll meet again later this month in Tallahassee, Florida.
FSU's Snaer has had a flair for the dramatic, as Tuesday's game marked the third time this season and fifth in his career that he scored the winning bucket at the end of regulation. He finished with a team-high 15 points against Georgia Tech, although none of those points were bigger than his kiss off the glass as time expired. Kiel Turpin and Boris Bojanovsky each scored 10 points for the Seminoles, who shot 50 percent from the floor as a team while holding GT to 38-percent shooting. Snaer paces the squad with 13.9 points per game on the season, and he is shooting a solid 40 percent from beyond the arc (43-of-108). Okaro White is Seminoles' second-leading scorer (12.0 ppg) and rebounder (5.7 rpg).
Wake Forest is led by the tandem of Travis McKie and C.J. Harris. McKie handles most of the dirty work down low, where he paces the Demon Deacons in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). Harris is an 84-percent free- throw shooter (91-of-109) and a 40-percent shooter from beyond the arc (34- of-86). WF has struggled defensively of late, as its last five opponents have averaged a robust 83 points per game. On Tuesday night, UNC used a 15-1 run to close out the first half and take a 20-point lead into the break. The Tar Heels went on to shoot 51.6 percent from the floor for the game, including an impressive 9-of-15 effort from beyond the arc. Devin Thomas pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with 11 points in the loss, while Harris (12 pts) and Arnaud Adala Moto (13 pts) also finished in double figures.
The Seminoles have acquitted themselves well outside of Tallahassee, going a combined 7-3 in road and neutral games. Barring a sudden and drastic change in WF's defensive mindset, the Seminoles should be able to prevail here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 81, Wake Forest 72
02/09 10:31:40 ET